June 26, 2009
What is Krounchasana or Heron Yoga Pose?
Yoga has many bird poses and this is one of them. The Sanskrit term for Heron is ‘Krouncha’. This is pose is called Krounchasana or Heron Yoga Pose because the completed pose resembles a standing heron.
This Yoga Bird Pose is a very challenging pose which blends sitting with a forward bending, while you balance on one foot. The other foot is extended back and up, and resembles a heron’s long neck. Balance and stretch are incorporated into this pose.
Step by Step procedure: Follow these steps.
- First start by sitting in the Dandasana (Staff Pose)
- Slowly, bring the left leg into Virasana (Hero Pose). Point the left foot back, and let your knee hug the midline.
- Bend your right leg at the knee, placing the foot on the floor, near the right sitting bone.
- Bring both your hands to clasp the right foot.
- Open up the chest, elongate the spine and lift the sternum.
- Straighten your left leg fully, and bring the foot up, close to your body.
- Lean your torso back a little as you stretch it. Keep the shoulder blades firm against your back.
- Inhale and raise your leg, so that it is a little higher than the head, angling it at 45 degrees,
- Hold for about 10 seconds and release the pose, while exhaling.
- Rest for a few seconds and repeat the pose with the other leg.
Tips for Beginners: You can make use of a yoga strap to give support to the raised foot.
Benefits: The Heron Yoga Pose has many benefits
- It is especially beneficial for people with flat feet because it stretches and strengthens the arches of the foot, ankles and the Achilles Heel.
- It stretches the muscles of the calves, thighs, hamstrings and knees and makes them flexible and strong.
- It opens up and tones the muscles and organs of the chest and abdomen, improving and stimulating their function.
- It is helpful if you tend to suffer from flatulence.
Contraindications and precautions: This is a very challenging pose and you should do it only under guidance and after consulting an expert.
The Heron Yoga is best avoided during menstruation.
If you have any problems or injuries in your knees or ankles which prevent you from bending them, it would be better to avoid this pose. Or you may do it using props, so that you do not injure yourself further.
April 2, 2009
The Eagle Pose or Garudasana is one of the many asanas or poses that serve as yoga stretches in a yoga session. This poses takes the name of the majestic bird that it invokes and resembles, which is why some also refer to it as the yoga bird pose. The eagle has mythological connotations in ancient Indian culture or Hindu mythology. This pose requires endurance, flexibility, and strength. It strengthens and improves concentration significantly, and although these qualities ma hold true and be descriptive of almost all the yoga postures, they are somewhat specific for the yoga eagle pose.
The Eagle Pose is not just beneficial for the dedicated yoga practitioner, but also for therapeutic purposes. While it is extremely useful and helps to strengthen and maintain health for most practitioners, it’s also great for those afflicted with certain ailments. This is on account of the vast benefits that this pose offers. The Eagle Pose at first thought appears to be complicated and unsuited for beginners, but regular practice is all that is needed to master it. To give you an idea of the scope of this pose, here are some of the benefits of the yoga Eagle Pose.
- First and foremost the Eagle Pose is a standing pose, which means that it does require some sense of balance, which may make it tough for beginners. This however is just a challenge that can be overcome with time, but to get started beginners can even use a wall for support. As with all yoga poses there are several variations that your instructor can formulate for you, depending on your health and physical abilities.
- That sense of balance that deters so many beginners is in fact developed and achieved through practice of this pose as it requires you to stand on one foot.
- Yoga stretches are another hallmark of yoga postures and the Eagle Pose is no exception. It helps to loosen the joints and stretch the muscles. This is extremely important for the improvement of fitness and flexibility.
- This pose is particularly beneficial for the ankles and calves, which are normally neglected, as it stretches and strengthens them.
- The thighs, hips, upper back, and shoulders also benefit greatly from the practice of this posture.
- The pose helps you relax and consequentially builds concentration, as you focus on your breathing while doing this posture.
- The Eagle Pose is also used as a therapeutic aid for asthma patients and those suffering from problems of the lower back.